Headlines from HJM: March 19, 2020

'This session has been stressing me out': Md.'s General Assembly adjourns with mixed results for businesses

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Among the the bills that passed include one to tax digital downloads and another to tax digital advertising.
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Election rights advocates call for Maryland to send ballots by mail in June primary

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Several groups advocating for election rights delivered a letter to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday urging him to offer widespread voting by mail in the June primary and to establish a voting rights task force.
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Sports Betting Will Go to Ballot in November

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland voters will decide in November whether to legalize gambling on sporting events. On Wednesday, the final day of this year’s truncated legislative session, the General Assembly approved a measure placing a referendum on the fall ballot.
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Cain resigns from Md. House of Delegates

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
A freshman delegate has resigned from the House of Delegates after completing the abbreviated 2020 General Assembly session.
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Md. lawmakers call it a session — for now

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Nearly every Maryland General Assembly session is overtaken in the last days by an issue that bubbles to the top and demands action.
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Maryland’s legislature passed more than 650 bills in a three-day sprint. Here are some of the most significant.

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Maryland General Assembly passed more than 650 bills in a three-day sprint as lawmakers rushed to adjourn their legislative session nearly three weeks early because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Frenzied Lawmaking and Tender Moments in Tense Session’s Final Hours

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Maryland General Assembly adjourned in a most unusual way on Wednesday, with sunlight breaking through the Tiffany glass chamber ceilings and polite applause replacing the typically boisterous final moments at midnight.
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Black Caucus Picks Slate of New Officers

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The Legislative Black Caucus held leadership elections on the final day of the legislative session and three of four incumbents were defeated.
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Legislature’s COVID-19 Workgroup Set to Ramp Up Quickly

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland lawmakers left the State House briskly after adjourning Sine Die under the most trying circumstances Wednesday.
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U.S. Labor Department opens investigation of Baltimore comptroller’s office

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
An investigation of wage and hours practices by Baltimore Comptroller Joan M. Pratt has been opened by the U.S. Department of Labor, multiple sources tell The Brew.
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In a hurry, Maryland legislature passes bills to improve schools, help racetracks, add benefits for those hurt by coronavirus

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
For the first time since the Civil War, Maryland lawmakers cut short their annual session Wednesday after passing sweeping reforms to education, a plan to rebuild the Pimlico Race Course and emergency legislation to address the spread of the coronavirus.
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